My Hero of the Game Award Goes To…
Professor Gordon Humphries, seen below left in the tan jacket. He teaches journalism at the University, and he brought one of his star students, Keylan Hanna (seen in the blue jacket below) to the game, and he set him up with some loaner lenses from his department. This was his way to give a student an opportunity for some real world experience shooting action sports (at a bowl game no less) to help fulfill one of his course requirements for his 2nd year photography students. How cool is that?! What an awesome thing to do (and he was an awesome guy all around — not just a great teacher). Despite the unseasonably cold weather for Tampa, Keylan seemed to really enjoy the experience. Good on 'em both. (Note: photo below taken on an iPhone).
L to R: Professor Gordon Humphries, me, and USC Photography student Keylan Hanna
All the shots above (with the exception of the iPhone shot noted above) were taken with a Canon EOS 1Dx, or a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. I used a 400mm f/2.8, a 70-200mm f/2.8, a 14mm and a 15mm fisheye. I shot in Aperture Priority mode, wide open the whole time, using Auto ISO with my minimum shutter speed set to 1/1000 for most of the images. I shot to two Lexar 1000X 64GB memory cards.
Thanks for letting me share these images of my first time shooting a marching band. Special thanks to my dear friend Tayloe; Cormac Cannon (USC's associate director of bands), and all the members of the "Mighty Sound of the Southeast" who were so friendly, welcoming, and patient as I roamed through the band as they played. I had such a great time. Hope I get the chance to do it again.